South Africa: Government redrafting telecoms bill

20 April 2018

Telecoms

The department of telecommunications & postal services is actively redrafting the controversial Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, with the minister, Siyabonga Cwele, set to outline more details in the department’s budget vote in parliament on 17 May.

Cwele’s spokesman, Siya Qoza, said on Monday that following a recent two-day workshop with industry stakeholders on the draft legislation, the department is “incorporating” feedback received into the bill, which will then be presented to cabinet before being submitted to parliament for further engagement with the industry.

Qoza could not immediately say when the redrafted bill is likely to be presented to cabinet, or what changes are being made, but added that the plan is to table it in parliament during the current financial year, which ends on 31 March 2019. He hinted that it might happen earlier.

Vodacom, MTN and others have cautioned against the creation of a ‘dominant’ Woan as well as government’s plan to force operators to open their networks to rivals

“The next public engagement will be through the parliamentary process,” he said. Read the full article on Extensia here.